The Suicide Society

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EB and I recently came across the work of fellow Christian author William Brennan Knight. Although his work is not necessarily Christian fiction, it is fiction that touches on interesting themes for Christian readers, suicide, evil, and hope. William does not preach on any of these issues, nor does he reference scripture in this work, but his cleverly woven story makes one think about the root causes of so much suffering in our world. Evil takes many forms and in this case William Brennan Knight has crafted a story that proposes a fictional yet fascinating answer to the question, “Why is there so much suffering in this world?”  This novel does not employ gratuitous violence, but there are a few gripping and disturbing scenes. If you enjoy reading stories with elements of horror, loaded with suspense, featuring a detestable villain, and an unlikely protagonist, The Suicide Society is a must read.

William Brennan Knight

What led you to write this story? and What got you interested in writing?
I have always had an interest in writing from an early age. For some reason, I was always more interested in writing longer fiction rather than short stories. The Suicide Society spanned nearly a decade, and I wrote it sporadically as time would allow as I started a business and raised a family. It was a project I felt compelled to complete.

How did you choose suicide as the driver for the story?
Suicide has always been one of life’s deepest mysteries to me. I find it difficult to understand how people can find themselves in a place so dark and devoid of hope. The Bible repeatedly confirms the sanctity of life as in Exodus 20:13. In the Suicide Society, I looked at the possibility of another cause tied directly to the influence of Satan.

Did you ever attempt suicide or know someone who has?
I have never attempted suicide, but I have encountered it first hand. There is nothing more devastating for a family to deal with. It’s tragic and heartbreaking.

Did you create an outline or did you write the story that was already playing in your head?
I have a general idea for a story, but outlines don’t work for me because the characters inevitably take the story in the direction they choose. I’m just along for the ride.

Is there a part of the story which was particularly challenging?
The Benefactor’s cruelty startled me. As the story developed, I grew to despise the character as he embodied the worst of humanity. I never doubted the outcome, but several scenes were difficult to write.

How we’re the characters inspired? Did you base them on people you know or make them up?
The characters were very loosely based on people I know, except for the Benefactor. Fortunately, I have never known anyone that I consider evil.

As a fiction author who happens to be Christian, is there anything you’d like folks to take away from reading your book, or was it simply to entertain your audience?
The book is mostly entertainment, but I hope the overriding message is that good always overcomes evil and that darkness and despair are always temporary. A brighter day is always just around the corner. Keep your faith intact no matter how hopeless the situation may appear.

Is there a scene or part of the book that you particularly enjoyed writing?
I was pleased with the ending. As I approached the end of the book, I was unsure how it would end. It was a moment of inspiration that pleased me.

Do you have another book in the works? If so, can you tell us about it?
The next book is called “The Time Sculptors.” It is a sci-fi thriller. I like to provide solutions for inexplicable situations. The story resolves around the growing psychosis in our society. Why is it happening? Who is behind it. I hope to have it completed by the first of the year.

Anything else you would like to add?
Thank you for the chance to convey my thoughts, and I hope everyone who reads The Suicide Society enjoys it! Keep the faith and God Bless.

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I had to read The Suicide Society out loud to EB. He was too afraid to read it by himself. At one point he was gnawing on two carrots at the same time. I had to take one away because they were the last two carrots in the house and I needed something to bite besides my nails as I read the book. EB gave this book a solid 5 carrots.

Rabbit’s Tale Wins 2015 Global Ebook Award

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A Rabbit’s Tale An Easter Story is the Gold Medal Winner of the 2015 Global Ebook Awards in the category of Christian fiction. Here’s the new cover with the official seal. Below is a review written by John Howard Prin. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BEIQYPC

5.0 out of 5 stars Hippity-Hop, This Tale is Over the Top
Review by John Howard Prin – Verified Purchase

Open this book and you are in for an egg-citing treat. Settle back as you turn the pages of this superb story and rest easy knowing you’re in for a jubilee of enjoyment.

A Rabbit’s Tale offers a wonderfully funny, and at times laugh-out-loud hilarious, story of ingenious twists and turns. The author has assembled a rich cast of characters, sympathetically drawn in the case of hero Juan Arias and dastardly villainous as personified by Monty McPride, who messes things up in grand fashion. The array of humanity in these pages spans the spectrum of likeable to detestable.

The storyline is a roller-coaster ride of humorous flashes of comedy and touching moments of tender pathos. Its many twists and surprises kept me guessing about how seemingly unrelated events would weave together, but Ruiz proved himself to be a gifted storyteller.

I especially enjoyed the story’s outrageous central premise, a leap of fantasy based on a stupendous “what-if.” Juan’s trials and tribulations are those of an everyman, an ordinary and decent fellow who dresses up as the Easter Bunny for a kids’ party and has a medical emergency which catapults the antics into high gear.

In keeping with the Easter themes of death by crucifixion and miraculous resurrection, the author presents episodes in Juan’s life when his plight parallels that of his hero Jesus — times when everything turns dark and bleak, but then by some unexpected plot twist or quirk of character the divine light of hope shines brightly and saves the day.

Highly creative, wildly imaginative, tremendously enjoyable — this tall tale has the makings of a classic.

A Flock of Birds and a Friar

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I’m very excited that Fr. David has accepted my invitation to participate in the Birds of Passage anthology. In 2008 David McBriar celebrated 50 years as a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province. Fr. David was the first Franciscan pastor of St. Francis of Assisi in Raleigh, and when his term as pastor was complete, he became pastor of Immaculate Conception in Durham. He has returned to St. Francis as a senior friar. Fr. David has published three books of homilies and is working on a fourth. He is a champion for social justice and was instrumental in the formation of Passage Home. Visit http://edgychristianfiction.com/2015/07/31/anthology/ for more about “Birds of Passage.” (all proceeds, 100%,  go to Passage Home – to help in their effort to fight poverty)

Jarrod Edge Joins Birds of Passage Anthology

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Jarrod Edge is the latest author to join the Birds of Passage Anthology.  He is the author of the E7Prophecy™ Christian sci-fi fantasy series. Jarrod loves spending time with his wife, Lisa, and their four children. He is currently working on several short stories in a series named The Acts of the Dragons, also a part of the E7Prophecy™ series. Each of his four children will co-author individual short stories about the “acts” of Rebecca, Matthew, Jacob, and Elizabeth. Jarrod and his family are Christians and love learning about and growing in the Lord.

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For more informations on the Birds of Passage anthology and its fight against poverty, as well as a complete list of participating authors, click here.

Anthology Fights Poverty

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A group of authors wanted to write for something greater than themselves, to be part of something bigger. The stories are as varied as the writers. You are encouraged to pre-order/purchase a copy of Birds of Passage. The book is rated PG and is suitable for young-adults to adult audiences. All proceeds from each book sold goes 100% to Passage Home a certified non-profit organization celebrating 25 years of lifting people out of poverty. The authors have generously agreed to publish their works as part of this anthology with no monetary compensation. Their participation is greatly appreciated. Visit http://edgychristianfiction.com/anthology/ for details.